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Je’Sani Smith Water Scholarship aims to educate King students about dangers of rip currents

Posted at 1:26 PM, May 24, 2019
and last updated 2019-05-24 14:26:23-04

The family of a King High School student who drowned near Bob Hall Pier last month is giving back to the school with the Je’Sani Smith Water Scholarship.

Je’Sani’s mother, Kiwana Denson, and her family created this scholarship to educate King High School students about the dangers of rip currents water safety.

To earn the $1,200 scholarship, students had to write a 1,200-word essay explaining how they would spread the message of water safety.

King senior Vanessa Lane is the first recipient of the Je’Sani Smith Water Scholarship.

“Because it is preventable, if we, again, just take a moment and just learn about the risks that the ocean and other bodies of water present to us,” Denson said.

This scholarship is just part of the mission that Je’Sani’s mother now is on.

Coming up at 6 p.m., you’ll hear more about how she’s working to prevent other tragedies like the one that took her son’s life.